The Disabled Are Not Invisible

This week it is a four way discussion as Dave is joined by three directors of the Disability Network, Northern Michigan: Jim Moore, Executive Director; Jessie Bachmann, Director of Independent Learning Programs and Annie Campbell, Director of Development and Volunteer programs.  Much of the discussion concerns the place that we create for the disabled residents in our communities. Do we treat the disabled as invisible or do we treat them as full members of society, providing for their access, mobility, and social supports just as we plan for ourselves.  How we accept the disabled and provide for their extra needs is a measure of the strength of our social capital.  The group also highlighted the installation of Mobi-Mats at local beach access sites.  Mobi-Mats are plastic, roll-up, mobile walkways providing safe walking or wheel chair access over soft beach sand. There is a Mobi-Mat Open House/Installation Day at the Traverse City State Park, Saturday, June 25th beginning at 10:am with free parking at the State Park all day long.